A recent report by Searchlight Cyber has found that a majority of Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) in large enterprises are concerned about threats from the dark web but are not taking enough action to address them. The dark web intelligence company surveyed over a thousand CISOs and discovered that 93% were worried about dark web threats, and 72% believed that intelligence on cybercriminals is critical in protecting their organization’s endpoints and data from hackers. However, despite gathering intelligence on these groups, their tools, networking, MOs, and similar, they are not doing much about it.
The researchers found that only a third (32%) of those gathering intelligence from the dark web are using it to look for attacks on their supply chain, even though 71% of CISOs would like to know if their suppliers are being targeted on the dark web. Businesses in different industries respond differently to threats coming from the dark web, with the finance industry being the most proactive, while the healthcare industry lags behind.
The CEO and co-founder of Searchlight Cyber, Ben Jones, emphasized the importance of gathering more threat intelligence and data from the dark web for a better security posture. He suggested that it is imperative for organizations to begin monitoring the dark web to spot early warning signs of an attack and improve their security posture based on a better understanding of their adversaries.
The Dark Web is part of the internet that is not indexed by standard search engines and is often associated with illegal activities such as drug trafficking and weapons sales. The most commonly used software to access the Dark Web is the Tor browser, which is designed to protect users’ privacy and anonymity.
Accessing the Dark Web can be risky and dangerous, as it is a haven for criminals and illegal activities. While accessing the Dark Web is legal in most countries, some activities on the Dark Web are illegal, and those who engage in such activities can face legal consequences. Therefore, it is important to take steps to protect oneself when accessing the Dark Web, such as using a reputable VPN service to secure or encrypt internet traffic and a browser for the Dark Web like the Tor browser.